Boundary Eco and Forest School

 

What is Forest School?

Forest School originated in Scandinavia and was brought to the UK in the early 1990s. Sessions are always child led (to foster independence), long term (to build trust and relationships) and outside (to gain the many physical and emotional benefits from being in nature). The Forest School ethos aims to promote students’ confidence, social skills, sense of self-worth and emotional well being in an outdoors environment.

Children are not directly taught but are encouraged to find things out for themselves through play i.e. games, stories, creative expression and sharing. Through play, the child develops their initiative and imagination (problem-solving), learns resilience and resourcefulness (perseverance and determination), how to give and ask for help and support from peers (emotional intelligence and teamwork), and how to appropriately self-manage risk in an increasingly risky world.

 

 

What happens in Forest School?

Activities are provided during a forest school session but the emphasis is on the children choosing what they do. Activities might include den building, log transportations, cutting firewood and fire building, crafts such as making a dream catcher or clay creatures, group games, flora and fauna ID as well as stories and collaborative activities.

The obvious benefits of improved coordination and physical health from doing activities outside are enhanced by opportunities to develop imagination and initiative; problem-solving and perseverance. Children are encouraged to try things out and learn from experience, rather than rigidly following a set of instructions. This often involves learning how to work as a team to get something done, feeling comfortable with asking for and offering help and learning how to cope with failure or setbacks. These are seen as important skills to take with them into the adult world.

 

Excellent Eco!

Every half term, children in Boundary will be learning about an area of Eco. Eco is short for ecological which means the relations of living organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. Year three's theme this half term was Climate Change. Children...

Look at our classroom!!!!!!!

When we came back into class after lunch we had a shock .... our classrooms looked like this!!! It was 'horrible', 'dirty', 'full of rubbish' and 'a mess'. What had happened??? Miss James and Mrs Hopwood had done an experiment to show us what the world would be like...

Harvest 2019

Today Year 6 led the school in the annual Harvest assembly. The children explained the history of harvest and how we should be thankful for the food we have to eat. We also discussed World Food Day and how we should work together to help put a stop to world hunger. We...

Forest School Fun

Year 5 have been making full use of Boundary's new Forest School area during our outdoor lessons. As well as problem solving skills, we have learned how to safely light fires, hunted for bugs, toasted marshmallows and sang songs around the camp fire. We can't wait for...

Forest School Session 1

Today we took part in our first Forest School session. The weather may not have been on our side, however, we didn't let that dampen our spirits. Over 2 hours, we took part in a range of activities such as: fire-making, pond dipping, digging holes, mud painting and...

The Grand Opening

The Eco-Warriors from KS2 had a great afternoon at the official relaunch of Gateside Park; they participated in circus skills and forest school sessions and were a credit to the school. Millie, who's lady bird design features throughout the park, had a great time...

Living in the Outdoors

It was a lovely day for our forest school lesson. Children played lots of their favourite games and started a camp fire. They toasted lots of yummy marshmallows, sweetcorn and popcorn. Year 2 then enjoyed all the delicious food around the fire and enjoyed singing...

Forming the Forest School Area

We have started to develop our Forest School area in conjunction with B&Q and the ROC Community Garden Projects! You might walk past the KS1 play ground and see some trees, plants and a new bark path along with the revamped pond area. We are hopeful that over the...

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